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heartstrings

[hahrt-stringz] /ˈhɑrtˌstrɪŋz/
plural noun
1.
the deepest feelings; the strongest affections:
to tug at one's heartstrings.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; heart + strings
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British Dictionary definitions for heart-string

heartstrings

/ˈhɑːtˌstrɪŋz/
plural noun
1.
(often facetious) deep emotions or feelings
Word Origin
C15: originally referring to the tendons supposed to support the heart
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Word Origin and History for heart-string

heartstrings

n.

late 15c., originally literal, in old anatomy theory "the tendons and nerves that brace the heart;" from heart + string (n.). Transferred and figurative sense from 1590s.

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